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Synergy I: Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation and Existence in Literature

Edited By A.Nejat Töngür and Yıldıray Çevik

Studies on the distinguished works of English and American literature of various genres like poetry, plays and fiction are included in this book focusing on and around the central themes of “Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation, and Existence.” The aim of the book is to investigate the issues of “Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation, and Existence” within the frameworks of gender, colonization, multiculturalism, religion, race, generation gap, politics, technology, immigration, and class.

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VI: RHINOCEROS OF OCEANIA: PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS, PROPAGANDA, SOCIAL ENGINEERING AND PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT IN G. ORWELL’S 1984 AND E. IONESCO’S RHINOCEROS (Zafer PARLAK)

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Zafer PARLAK

Abstract: Our emotions and perception of reality can be controlled and manipulated. The thin line between normal and abnormal can be obliterated by means of propaganda, social engineering, perception management and psychological operations and during “abnormal” times such as social upheavals, revolutions and wars. They are the most crucial tools that move individuals and masses to unquestioning submission. The ends they promise are enough to justify all means to be employed. This paper attempts to shed light to employment of past and present social engineering and propaganda methods with references to George Orwell’s 1984 and Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros that highlighted the irresistible power of perception management and mass psychology. Orwell’s 1984 points out how successful social engineering can be at shaping people’s reasoning power and manipulating their fears by means of a never-ending war in which allies and foes are gradually interchanged. Ionesco’s Rhinoceros is about how the people of a small town become rhinoceros. It exemplifies a symbolic transformation of how “normal” is transformed into “abnormal” thus it reveals what “imposed confusion” can lead to.

Keywords: perception management, psychological operations, social engineering, George Orwell, 1984, Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros

"Capture their minds and their hearts and souls will follow"

Anonymous

"There are but two powers in the world: the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind"

Napoleon Bonaparte

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